Devenger Place Constitution and By-Laws

I.Name 

1.1The name of this South Carolina Corporation shall be Devenger Place Family Center, Inc. As used herein, the name Association or Corporation or Club shall refer to Devenger Place Family Center of Greenville, Inc.

II.Principal Office 

2.1The principal office of the Association shall be at Paddock Lane, Devenger Place Subdivision, Greenville County, SC. The Association may change or have such other offices as may from time to time be designated by its Board of Directors or members.

III.Purpose 

3.1The purpose for which this club is formed is to promote the health and general welfare of its members and in pursuant thereof to contract for, purchase, own, and operate a swimming pool and other recreational facilities, together with such incidental objects as are appropriate in the conduct of its activities for the use of its members and for the families and authorized guests of such members. The Association is chartered under the Laws of South Carolina as a corporation for within stated purposes, and for other purposes, and no part of any earnings shall inure to the benefit of its members. 

3.2A quorum is defined as those Active Members in attendance at any regularly called Community Meeting and/or a meeting to vote on Amendments to By-laws. An Active Member is defined as any Devenger Place household participating in the payment of Universal Service Charges issued each year in January.

IV.Government 

4.1The Association shall be governed by a Board of Directors, nine in number, elected at the Annual Meeting each year in January. The nine members are as follows: four elected Executive Officers (President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer), two immediate past Executive Officers, and three District Representatives (appointed). The Executive Officers will be offered a complimentary membership to all Family Center facilities. No Executive Officer shall serve in any office for more than three consecutive years. 

4.2The Board of Directors may establish certain districts within the subdivision from which to select the District Representatives. 

4.3When any Director shall have three consecutive unexcused absences from the Board meetings, his/her office may be declared vacant by a majority vote of the Board. Any Board member who ceases to hold active membership in the Association shall cease to be a member of the Board.

V.Board of Directors

5.1Consistent with these By-Laws the Board of Directors shall A. Transact all Association business and make and amend rules and regulations for use of the Association property. It may appoint and remove such officers, clerks, agents, servants, or employees as it may deem necessary and may fix their duties and compensation. B. Fix, impose and remit penalties for violations of these By-Laws and rules of the Association. C. Constitute and appoint committees and define the powers and duties of the same. D. Fill any vacancy in the membership of the Board of Directors to serve until the next annual meeting of active members. 

5.2The Board of Directors shall select one or more banks to act as depositories of the funds of the corporation and shall determine the manner of receiving, depositing, and disbursing the funds of the corporation and the form of checks to be used. The Board of Directors shall always require at least two officers to sign checks, drafts, or other instruments for the payment of money in excess of $100.00 drawn in the name of the club. One signature is required for checks less than $100.00. 

5.3Nothing in these By-Laws shall be construed to permit the Board of Directors to borrow or pledge the credit of the club without the specific approval of the club at a duly held meeting. 

5.4A. The Board of Directors shall hold its first meeting each year immediately following the annual meeting of the membership. Thereafter, the Board shall meet at its convenience on call of the President or upon five days written notice given by a majority of the Board to each individual Director. However, the Board shall meet a minimum of three times duiring the year. B. At all Directors meetings, a quorum shall consist of five members of the Board and a majority of such quorum may decide any questions that come before the meeting.

VI.Officers

6.1The officers of this Association shall be a President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and if deemed necessary by the Board of Directors, an assistant secretary and an assistant treasurer. The President, Vice president, Secretary, and Treasurer shall be elected annually pursuant to Article IV. The assistant secretary and assistant treasurer shall be appointed by the Board of Directors and hold office at its pleasure and shall not be a voting member of the Board. 

6.2The President shall preside at the meetings of the Association and of the Board of Directors. He shall be the executive head of the Association and shall appoint, subject to confirmation by the Board of Directors, all standing committees, designating the chairman thereof, and all special committees as may be directed. He shall be, ex-officio, a member of all committees. 

6.3The Vice President, in the absence or disability of the President, shall act in his stead. He/she shall be, ex-officio, a member of all committees. 

6.4The Secretary shall send out the notices of the meetings of the Association and the Board of Directors, keep the minutes, and attend to the correspondence pertaining to his/her office. They shall be the custodian of the corporate seal, membership book, minutes book and all papers of the Association and shall perform all duties pertaining to the office as may be asked of them by the Board of Directors. 

6.5The Treasurer shall attend to keeping the accounts of the Association, collecting its revenue and paying its bills as approved by the Board of Directors or other agency authorized by the Board to incur them. He shall deposit funds of the Association received by him in the name of the Association in such depository as may be authorized by the Board. He shall perform such other duties pertaining to his office as may be asked of him by the Board. He shall be bonded if the same shall be required by the Board. 

6.6The assistant secretary and the assistant treasurer shall perform such duties as may be assigned them by the Secretary or treasurer respectively or the Board of Directors.

VIIMembers 

7.1Membership in this Association shall only be open to property owners of Devenger Place and those renters who are eligible by proxy. Outside “pool memberships” may be authorized, but no voting rights are associated with them, and the Board is authorized to set pool membership fees at a different level than Active Members. 

7.2In voting for Directors or other Association business requiring a vote, each Active Member's household may cast one vote. 

7.3The Recreational facilities??? year shall begin on May 1st and end on April 30th of each year. The annual Pool Membership fees shall be determined by the Board of Directors and must be paid prior to May 1st. If a member is delinquent in paying pool dues, the Board is authorized to levy a reasonable late charge. If a member does not choose to pay pool dues, the family and/or guests may not use the pool. 

7.4Each member who pays his annual pool dues shall be entitled to the use of the pool for the immediate family. The Board is authorized to establish the required degree of kinship concerning the family use of the facilities. 

7.5No pool member shall be allowed to have as a guest any one who resides within Devenger Place. Other residents of Greenville County or outside the County may attend as a guest upon payment of associated guest fees 

7.6All members and guests shall use the facilities at their own risk and the Association assumes no responsibility for accidents, injury or property. 

7.7Subject to Article X of the By-laws, any member who is aggrieved by disciplinary action on the part of the Board may appeal to the Membership at a special meeting call for that purpose with five days notice to the Membership. At such meeting a majority of the Membership present shall be controlling. If the membership upholds the action of the Board, the aggrieved member shall pay any costs leading to the meeting. If the Membership reverses the action of the Board, the Association shall bear those costs. 

7.8Each member who pays his annual dues shall entitle the holder thereof, and the members of his family living in his home to the use of the pool and other facilities of the Club, subject to its rules and regulations. The Board of Directors is authorized to establish the required degree of kinship concerning the family use of the pool and other facuilities. 

7.9Subject to Article X of these By-Laws, any member aggrieved by any diciplinary action by the Board of Directors may appeal to the membership at a special meeting called for such purposes upon a minimum of five days notice to the members and at such meeting a majority of the membership present in person shall be controlling. If the membership upholds the action of the Board of Directors, the aggreived member shall pay any costs such as mailing, etc of the membership meeting. If the membership reverses the action of the Board of Directors then the Association shall bear the cost of the membership meeting. 

7.10In voting for Directors each active member may csat one vote for each seat to be filled. Each member shall cast one vote only upon each issue. When membership is held jointly by two or more persons, a maximum of 2 adult votes per household may be cast. Members may not vote unless they are active ie: members who paay their annual fees. 

7.11Should any member withdraw from active use of the pool and other facilities, there shall be no refund of the the current year's dues. 

7.12Upon written notice to and approval of the Board of Directors active members may temporarily assign their active membership to renters in their home, thereby relinquishing their own rights thereunder during the period of assignment. The renters to whom such an assignment have been made shall be considered active members for all purposes except voting during the period of assignment and may use the facilities accordingly. 

7.13No member shall be allowed to have as a guest any one who resides within the area of all phases of Devenger Place Sub-division. Other residents of Greenville County (and outside the County) may attend as guest upon payment of proper fees as set out under the rules and regulations governing the facilities. 

7.14All members and guests shall use the facilities at their own risk and the Association assumes no responsibility for any accident, injury or for property of any said parties which may be brought into or left on the Club premises.

VIIIMembership Meetings 

8.1The Annual meeting of the membership shall be held in January, at a time and place designated by the President, upon at least five days notice. 

8.2Special meetings may be called upon five days notice to Membership, a majority of the Board, or by 20% of the Membership. The time, place and purpose of the meeting shall be specified. 

8.3The presence of at least 20% of the members shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business at any meeting of the club. Representation by proxy shall not be allowed. 

IXDues and Assessments 

9.1Dues to support the operation and maintenance of facilities and to permit the creation of reasonable services for contingencies shall be, for the first year $160.00 per active membership. For each ensuing year thereafter, the annual dues will be fixed by the Board of Directors. Dues must be paid no later than April 30th. 

9.2If a member does not choose to be active and pay dues then the members of his family and guests may not use the Club facilities or have voting privileges. 

9.3If a member is delinquent in the payment of his annual dues the Board of Directors is authorized to make a reasonable late charge because of said delinquency, not to exceed the sum of $25.00.

XSuspension or Revocation of Active Membership 

10.1A majority of the Board of Directors may deny any member or his family the use of the club facilities upon finding that said person has violated the By-laws or rules and regulations of the club or has abused club property. 

10.2Any person against whom action is taken under this Article shall be given at least five days advance notice of the proposed action and shall be provided an opportunity to be heard at the meeting of the Board. 

10.3Denial of club facilities to any person for more than two weeks shall be only by action of at least two-thirds of the directors at the meeting called for that purpose. Any persons whose privileges have been permanently revoked by the Board may file a written petition for a membership meeting for the purpose of reviewing the Board action. The petition shall require the signature of at least twenty members of the club, and the notice of the membership meeting will include the fact that a petition has been filed for this meeting. If a majority of the active members voting at this meeting shall oppose the action of the Board, the permanent revocation shall be declared void. 

10.4Anything in this Article to the contrary notwithstanding, the Board of Directors may suspend, or may delegate to an appropriate committee or person the power to suspend, for periods not exceeding one week any person under 18 years of age found violating the regulations of this club. Should the occasion warrant, such suspension is made without a hearing, then it shall be the obligation of the person making the suspension to contact the parent or person accused of the offense and provide them with an opportunity to have a hearing in behalf of the minor child involved.

XIAmendments

11.1By-Laws changes may be considered each year in October upon written notification to all Active Members, and voted on at the Annual Meeting in January. A simple majority of those in attendance is necessary to pass changes. All members of record shall be given not less than five days notice of any meeting called for this purpose and not less than five days to return a ballot.